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ELECTION INFORMATION FROM YOUR CLERK

October 16, 2020

ELECTION INFORMATION FROM YOUR CLERK

The November 3rd election is fast approaching, if you intend on voting by absentee and need to make a request, please do so as soon as possible to ensure you receive your ballot and can return it in time for the election. You may request your absentee by using www.myvote.wi.gov or contact me for instructions.

The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail, is October 29th at 5pm, for regular and overseas voters.

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THAT BALLOT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

If you have received an absentee ballot but intend on voting in person on election day, YOU NEED TO CONTACT ME SO WE CAN DISCUSS THE LAWS AND GUIDELINES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ISSUANCE OF ABSENTEE BALLOT verses voting in person after requesting and being issued an absentee ballot.

IF YOU ARE ISSUED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IT IS ENCOURAGED AND IN SOME INSTANCES REQUIRED THAT YOU USE THAT ABSENTEE BALLOT TO CAST YOUR VOTE .

HOW TO RETURN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:

  • Mailed back to the return address provided
  • Placed in designated drop box (again information provided with the absentee ballot instructions, PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS)
  • May be handed in the day of the election to the clerk or an election official by 8:00pm.

EARLY IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING

Early, In-person voting will begin on Tues., October 20th. This is by appointment only, please call in advance to make an appointment. Availability will be somewhat limited (trying to be as available as possible, however. . .) due to the work load of this election and the need to be cautious due to COVID, my priority will be to ensure everyone’s safety, as well as my own and the election officials, during ALL voting processes; limiting in person contact is important at this time.

Please know that if you make an appointment it is requested that you wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. To help alleviate the potential in-person exposure, I ask that you consider requesting an absentee ballot by mail before considering early in-person absentee voting. I am happy to assist you with the absentee by mail request process if you need by phone or email.

So far the mailing process has been very good and the use of a drop box (information provided with absentee ballot) has made the return of completed ballots very swift.

For your information, well over half of the electors in the Town of Lake Mills have already requested an absentee ballot. This means the number of potential electors to vote in-person on Election Day, Nov. 3, will be decreased significantly from what we have seen in past presidential elections. There still may be lines especially with social distancing but wait times are expected to be very reasonable.

EARLY IN PERSON VOTING VERSES ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL

Early in-person voting is essentially, absentee voting in the clerk’s presence.

DIFFERENCES:

  • EARLY IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING: you are handed your absentee ballot by me at the appointment time at the Town Hall, you vote and complete the absentee ballot process in my presence and hand the completed absentee back to me. You are not allowed to take a blank ballot with you to vote later and you are required to provide your voter ID before receiving your in-person absentee ballot.
  • ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL: When you request and absentee, you receive your ballot by mail, you complete the ballot as instructed, and either mail or drop off the completed ballot to the designated location.

SIMILARITIES: For both Early In-Person Absentee and Absentee by Mail, you are required to seal your completed ballot into a certificate envelope, and complete the certificate on the envelope by signing and dating the envelope, as well as, have a witness sign and provide their address.

NO BALLOTS are tabulated (cast into the machine which tabulates the votes) until the election day. All absentee ballots whether by mail or in person are secured by me as the clerk up to the election day when they are then cast on your behalf by election officials.

Please contact me if you have additional questions or concerns, at [email protected] or (920)648-5867

Thank you for your cooperation during these election processes,

Robin Untz, Town Clerk